In honor of all workers killed while simply doing their jobs, Worker's Memorial Day is observed each April 28. It's a day for employers, workers and communities to acknowledge that the suffering that families of those lost on the job never truly ends, and to recommit to maintaining safe workplaces. It's an ongoing battle that wrongful death attorneys fight on a daily basis.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are legally responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. But here in Texas, employers are not specifically required to maintain worker's compensation insurance unless they are accepting government contracts. In fact, the Lone Star State is the only state that has this law. So, when a Texas resident is killed on the job, his or her family may be left in the lurch when it comes to covering related costs, including medical and funeral costs.
Statistics show that from 1992 to 2011, nearly 115,100 workers were killed in the United States from on-the-job injuries. While statistics show a 25-percent decrease in the number of fatal occupational injuries over a 20-year period, the figures still are alarming. Annual fatalities ranged from a high of 6,632 in 1994 to a low of 4,551 in 2009 – counts that reflect an average of one worker fatality every 79 minutes in 1994, down to an average of one every 115 minutes in 2009.
Here at Grossman Law Firm, we believe that even one serious injury or fatality on the job is too many. That's why we want to make sure you're aware of the statistics and risks associated with various job types. In 2011, roadway incidents were the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries, accounting for 19 percent of all reported on-the-job deaths, followed by falls (12 percent), homicides (10 percent), and contact with electricity (four percent).